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Homebirth Hero – Tom Adamian’s Toasted Cumin Vinaigrette

June 7, 2012

1/2 c. good olive oil

1 T. squeezed lemon juice
1 T. red wine vinegar
1/2 t. toasted and mortared cumin (can use ground cumin)
1/2 t. allspice
salt & pepper to taste
1 small garlic clove – mortared 
1/2 of a small red onion – sliced thin
mint leaves from several sprigs  – chopped

i won’t repeat the word ‘organic’ in the ingredient list, but in my opinion they all should be.  first toast then mortar the cumin seeds into a powder, then toss in the garlic and a little salt. mortar until it becomes a sticky sort of paste.  put in a bowl.  add oil, lemon juice, vinegar, allspice, salt and pepper and whisk until incorporated. add chopped mint.  adjust salt if needed.  pour over the sliced onion and let sit for about 20 minutes to soften the bite of the onion.  the dressing is then ready to put over any salad greens that sound appealing.  it can be tossed with fresh summer tomatoes with some cucumbers and feta cheese.  it can be used in a spinach salad with beets and feta.  it’s a nice dressing for a chic pea salad with mint, cucumbers and yogurt. it would also go well as a “greek salad” type dressing with romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, feta.  if you don’t have a mortar and pestle, i recommend getting one….but in the meantime, ground spices can be used and minced garlic will work just fine.  leave a little of the chopped mint to garnish your salad.
Tom is such an amazing cook. See him in action here at the Bar Jules post. Thank you Tom for your submission and for helping to make this a community project! I can’t wait to try this out!
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